Home is Where the Heart is!


Home is Where the Heart is!

Home is a place where we seek love, comfort, and joy. In the last part of our BTO blog post series, we will be bringing you through the nautical, industrial and Japanese style home design. 

Firstly, the nautical design style. Nautical in technical terms refers to ships and seas, so a nautical style home would typically revolve around the theme of the ocean and beach. Lazing without any guilt and taking a breather - that’s the idea of a nautical style home, being able to recreate the same carefreeness as while you’re at the beach. Thus, this is a perfect home for beach lovers!

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There are a few characteristics to this cool and calming interior, so let’s break it down. Colour scheme wise, it is a no-brainer that most nautical interiors follow a cool tone, to resemble the beach and the ocean. Blue and white are thus the most common colours used in a nautical home, as it creates a clean and timeless look. However, feel free to work with any of the beach colours, and have fun with your own take on the beach home! 

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Many visit the beach for some fun in the sun, so to recreate that in your home, it is important to have good lighting! A dull home would not resemble much of the beach, a lively and bright atmosphere. Having white as your base tone can help to bring in some light to the room, and immediately gives a crisp of freshness to the area. Besides natural lighting, you can also consider investing in artificial lighting like lamps and bulbs for the extra brightness - pretty lit! 

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As for decorations, it is pretty much up to you how you want to decorate your nautical home. Some homes have a nautical Scandinavian approach, with anchors hung on the wall, while others have seashells shaped glasswares - find decors that best fit your beach theme! If you have kids, boat beds can be something to consider, making the room look fun and adventurous.

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The next style is the industrial design style, inspired from industrial spaces such as factories and warehouses. If you have worked in the places mentioned, you might find certain elements strangely familiar! Industrial interior design has been quite popular in Singapore in recent years, and this is thanks to its trendiness and uniqueness. When we think of home designs, dark furniture and exposed pipes would not be something that comes to our mind, but industrial style is exactly that! 

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Leaving the raw elements of an industrial space is key for an industrial design. This could be in the form of exposed pipes, beams and duct! It gives off the unfinished look, making the home look very factory-like. Using materials like wood and brick walls are also some way to achieve the industrial style, as there is a rustic touch to it. 

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Concrete has also been popularly used in industrial homes, be it concrete flooring or concrete tabletops. It complements well with the wood used, and makes the overall vibe very chic. The concrete is usually dark grey, and this fits the metallic colour scheme of a typical industrial design. With all these dark colours used, one may be worried that the home might look too dull and cold, losing the warm and cosy feeling that a home is supposed to provide. Adding plots of plants can thus be a good way to soften the look, and add a bit of life to this metallic vibe!

Lastly, we will be explaining the zen vibe from Japanese style. This style is minimal, uses refined colour and mixes various shapes. If you ever walked into Muji and wished your home looked as clean as Muji’s, this one’s for you!

The two main elements of Japanese style are Shinto and Wabi-sabi. Shinto is the belief that revolves around spirits that wander in living and non-living things, while Wabi-sabi refers to the beauty of having flaws. When combined together, it will lay a foundation for the design! 

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A Japanese style home design emphasises a lot on nature, as the Japanese culture loves and respects nature. Thus, traditional Japanese trees like bonsai trees would usually be placed in the home, as a way of bringing a piece of nature into the home. Minimalism is also practiced in the design of a Japanese style home, so it is really just a simple space with neutral tones, giving off a clean and pristine look. This allows homeowners to take a step back in order to enjoy the simpler things in life. 

Practicality is also at the heart of a Japanese style home design, as it is all about modest living. It is not much about aesthetics, more about the functionality of the furniture, whether it adds value to the space and whether it is long-lasting.


Since minimalism is key, this means that the home should be organised and decluttered with minimal details. One pro tip for homeowners that want to achieve this MUJI inspired home yet have too many things in your home that you can’t bear to discard because it sparks joy - have a smart storage system! Besides utilising all your storage space, you can also opt to have a platform bed with storage spaces below, to keep your things neat and tidy. 

We hope this blog series gave you a better idea on how you can design your home. Planning your home’s interior design can be a daunting and stressful process, so take your time and don’t rush it! 

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